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New Cicero Chamber of Commerce hosts membership meeting

Cicero Business License Director Ismael Vargas

New Cicero Chamber of Commerce hosts membership meeting

The New Cicero Chamber of Commerce is hosting a membership drive for owners of business physically located inside the Town of Cicero.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at Langostinos Restaurant, 3036 S. Laramie Ave., beginning at 5 PM. Buffett will begin at 5:30 PM. Program of speakers will begin at 6:30 PM.

YOU MAY PARK AT 32nd and Laramie Avenue Parking Lot
as parking around Langostinos Restaurant may be tight.

Business owners interested in attending and learning more about the Cicero Chamber of Commerce are invited to attend. Please RSVP to:

Cicero Business License Director Ismael Vargas
Cicero Business License Director Ismael Vargas

A $20 donation is requested to defray the cost of the dinner and refreshments.

Speakers include a representative of the Cicero Police Department who will discuss safety for businesses, and Business License Director Ismael Vargas who will discuss the top 10 issues businesses are most concerned about and lead a discussion on how to address them.

The Cicero Chamber of Commerce will provide support to businesses including assistance in publicity and PR for events and activities, help organize Grand Openings and Ribbon Cuttings for businesses that are expanding, or launching new services, and provide assistance in understanding rules and regulations in the Town of Cicero for businesses.

This meeting is only open to businesses licensed to operate inside the Town of Cicero only.

As the Chamber evolves, we will provide information on annual membership, monthly activities, and a full range of support services.


Ismael Vargas bio:

Ismael Vargas is the Director of the Business License Department at Town of Cicero and serves as the Police/Fire Chaplain. Mr. Vargas was previously the Manager for the Intervention Program/Gang Specialist at Corazon Community Services.

He previously was the Assistant Director, advocate, and trainer at Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE). His responsibilities included developing and presenting workshops and helping parents and Local School Councils understand and carry out their responsibilities for their children’s education. He is a strong role model for parents and youth, as he served at the board chair of William Finkl School Local School Council for six years and member of Chicago Public School (CPS) LSC Advisory Board for two years. Ismael Vargas was also a board member for 4 years of the Carole Robertson Center for Learning.

He represented PURE on the Education Committee of Sen. Miguel del Valle, and the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative and was a regular member of evaluation teams for the annual School Leadership Award for Outstanding Principals and board member of the Partnership to Encourage the Next Century’s Urban Leaders (PENCUL). Mr. Vargas currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Vida Abundante Church, Cicero Public Library Board President, Chair of the Graffiti Committee and a Member of the CYTF (Cicero Youth Task Force) Safety Committee in Cicero and also the S.O.S Task Force Board Member for the Town of Cicero.

Specialties: For 20 years now, my principle interest has been to maintain an intense and constant fight for the rights of students and their parents, and to impel a better education. I had fought for immigrant rights and for improvements to our communities and fight against Violence in the community.

Click for Ismael’s LinkedIn Account.